Blaze rips through Dubai's Sulafa tower

Firefighters continue to work to put out the fire at Sulafa Tower (Photo courtesy of Dubai Media Office)

Firefighters battled a blaze for three hours in a residential tower in Dubai's desirable Marina district that is popular with western expats on Wednesday afternoon. The fire happened in the Al Sulafa tower.

Residents who found themselves left homeless by the blaze were offered a place to stay by the Westin hotel across the street. Dubai Media Office later confirmed that the fire was fully extinguished and that there were no casualties.

Firefighters, police and ambulance were at the scene, while residents looked on as they waited nearby.

Dubai Media Office confirmed that firefighters had put out the blaze in Dubai Marina’s Sulafa tower, adding that took three hours. No one was hurt in the fire.

Many residents of the tower Al Arabiya English spoke to on Wednesday said the building was nearly empty as many residents were either on vacation or were at work.

"I was not inside my apartment but at work when I received a call that the building was on fire. We don’t know yet if the fire touched my apartment, but we are waiting for official statements," Fadi al-Braidy, a resident on the 58th floor, told Al Arabiya English.

Another resident told Al Arabiya English she heard the news first when her friend contacted to say that there was a fire in one of the towers in the Dubai Marina area.

"When I found out it was building, Sulafa, I left and came here as soon as I could. The internet was a good way to keep update on the situation," Aiman Shah, a lighting designer working in Dubai said.

Shah added that it was not her first experience of fires in residential towers, as a similar situation happened in her last home in Dubai's  Jumeirah Lake Towers.

"There was a fire in the same building when I was inside recently. So this is becoming almost routine for me. I really hope that they do something about this. It’s happened several times and it’s a problem they need to look at," she said.

The Sulafa Tower is very close to Torch Tower where a blaze ripped through several storeys  leaving hundreds of residents homeless in February, 2015. Similarly in Dubai's JLT district a massive fire engulfed the outside of Tamweel Tower in the night in November 2012.

So far no one has been seriously hurt in any of these incidents.

(Video courtesy of Al-Roeya Twitter account)

(Additional reporting Peter Harrison)

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